I featured the Microwaveable Bowl tutorial from Tamarack Shack blog in my Friday Finds HERE, back in November of 2013. One of our quilters here at the Plantation, and a dear friend, decided to make some for her family for Christmas gifts.
Following Kathy’s tutorial HERE, Linda make about 39 combinations of bowl sizes. I would say she is a Master Bowl Maker at this point. She showed some around at the Plantation and had people begging her to make bowls for them. Her answer was to teach them to make the bowls themselves! I think that was a wise decision; it never hurts to teach someone how to do things for themselves.
Last Tuesday, Linda held her Microwaveable Bowl Class and I was her assistant. My job turned out to be more Sewing Machine Technician but I was also the Cheerleader and general helper. A number of these ladies borrowed machines from our Lending Closet and my DH is the one who has kept the sewing machines serviced. That means I know all about them! NOT! However, I do know how to thread them all, how to change the needles and general use of each one so I am several steps ahead of most of those who borrow a machine. Besides that, it’s not as easy to sew with a machine you are unfamiliar with so it’s good to have someone around to trouble-shoot. I held that job on Tuesday.
Linda was well-organized and started out with a wonderful how-to talk, complete with step-by-step visuals. She gives credit to Kathy at Tamarack Shack for her preparedness and success in bowl-making and I’ll second that! Here’s Linda’s visual step-by-step.
Next they went to the quilting area to cut out their cotton fabrics, cotton batting and to locate some cotton thread.
Everyone set about getting their bowls together at their own pace.
Measuring, cutting, trimming, stitching, even a bit of “frogging” (ripping out) but the bowls turned out great.
Most of the women got away before we could corral them for photos of their bowls but I did convince Linda to give a photo of a few of her she still had handy. She sent all the other bowls – around 90-something – off to family and friends for Christmas gifts. These are the ones she still had at home.
For those of you who took Linda’s class, I wanted to mention why you see an extra row of stitching in her blue bowls here. Yesterday morning I was making oatmeal in the microwave. I set the timer for 3 minutes which was an extra minute too long. My oatmeal overflowed the glass bowl and got inside the microwaveable cloth bowl. No big deal! Well, yes, it was. The bowl after some gentle scrubbing came out clean but when dry was misshapen. I was telling Linda about it today, kind of warning her that they might not look quite so perfect when washed and she decided to add an extra line of stitching. The hope is that it would hold the batting in place better.
I used Warm and Natural; it seemed to have smooshed together some after I hand-washed it. Linda used a needle-punched batting (I don’t know what brand) and it could conceivably hold together better through washing. Just an FYI!
It was a fun class and everyone went home very happy to have a set of these very useful bowls!
Thanks, Linda, for sharing your bowl class with the guild, and for sharing your photos with me.
Now it might be time for a bowl of ice cream. Yes, the bowls are good for keeping your hands warmer when eating a bowl of ice cream!